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By Don Markus | October 29, 2001
Western Conference Midwest Division San Antonio Spurs Coach: Gregg Popovich (221-139 in five seasons) 2000-01 record: 58-24, first, lost to Lakers in Western Conference finals Best off-season acquisitions: Steve Smith, Bruce Bowen Key off-season losses: Derek Anderson, Avery Johnson What has to go right: David Robinson, 36, still has enough left to help Tim Duncan challenge Shaquille O'Neal more than they did in last season's playoffs while Steve...
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Sun Staff | January 12, 2012
Chivas USA selected Maryland forward Casey Townsend with the fifth overall pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft. Townsend is the fourth Maryland player in three seasons to be a top-10 selection in the draft. Townsend started all four seasons at Maryland and ended his career tied for third in Maryland scoring (43 goals) all-time. His team-leading 17 goals in 2011 was tied for the sixth most in a single season. Chivas USA ended last season 8-14-12 (36 points) and eighth in the Western Conference.
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February 19, 1995
Opponent: Denver NuggetsSite: USAir Arena, LandoverTime: 6TV/Radio: HTS/WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: This is the second of three straight home games for the Bullets -- all against Western Conference teams. Washington is 1-8 against the Western Conference, with the only victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 28. This is the last of a three-game road trip for the Nuggets, who have lost five straight, including last night's loss at Philadelphia. The Bullets lost at Denver, 111-89, on Dec. 10. G Rex Chapman (injured list, broken right thumb)
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May 3, 2011
Memphis on a mission K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune I wrote that I couldn't believe I was typing this when, in a rare move, I accurately predicted the Grizzlies would close out the Spurs. I'll use that same line when I say the Grizzlies will knock off the Thunder. (I can't believe I typed that.) This is no joke. And neither is the Pau Gasol trade anymore. That move netted the Grizzlies Pau's brother, Marc, and the salary-cap space to extend Zach Randolph's contract.
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Sun Staff | January 12, 2012
Chivas USA selected Maryland forward Casey Townsend with the fifth overall pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft. Townsend is the fourth Maryland player in three seasons to be a top-10 selection in the draft. Townsend started all four seasons at Maryland and ended his career tied for third in Maryland scoring (43 goals) all-time. His team-leading 17 goals in 2011 was tied for the sixth most in a single season. Chivas USA ended last season 8-14-12 (36 points) and eighth in the Western Conference.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | October 3, 1993
When it comes right down to it, says Washington Capitals center Dave Poulin, the new alignment in the National Hockey League isn't going to make any difference -- until the last day of the regular season.That's when the most important part of the new NHL realignment package goes into effect. That's when the best eight teams in each of the two new conferences -- instead of the top four in each division -- clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs."The schedule doesn't break a lot differently," Poulin said.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Generations don't last long in the NBA. Five years ago, Grant Hill was supposed to be heading up the next class of superstars. Now 27, he is considered middle-aged in a league that turns over its headliners nearly as quickly as the Washington Wizards do their coaches. Consider tonight's 49th All-Star Game here at The Arena in Oakland. There are nine first-time players, the second most in history. Miami center Alonzo Mourning is a virtual dinosaur compared to the rest of the Eastern Conference starters, having turned 30 last week.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1999
Don't count out the Los Angeles Lakers.Sure, the Lakers are the most disappointing team in the NBA. And last week two of the game's greatest centers weighed in with their criticism, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain slammed the team collectively and Shaquille O'Neal in particular.But if you were to ask players in the Western Conference about teams they would least like to play in the playoffs, the Lakers would likely be one of the top responses. That point was driven home on Thursday when Los Angeles hammered the Portland Trail Blazers, 108-89.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2001
The NBA is great. The NBA is great. The NBA is great. Commissioner David Stern would be quite happy if you would chant the above silently to yourself during the playoffs as the game slows to its inevitable postseason crawl, pending next season's new rules that will, hopefully, open up the flow. Stern, who began the season asking writers not to believe the Western Conference was better than the East, has had to back off that stance, with all but four Western teams over .500, while six Eastern teams lost 50 games or more.
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By Tribune Newspapers | October 7, 2010
1. San Jose Sharks 2009-10 record: 51-20-11, 113 points. Power play: 21.0% (fourth). Penalty killing: 85% (fifth). Team goals-against average: 2.51 (eighth). Leading scorer: Joe Thornton 20-69 — 89. Outlook: Another strong regular-season performance ended short of the Cup. The Sharks still have an exceptional defense corps despite the retirement of Rob Blake. The big change is in goal. Evgeni Nabokov was allowed to walk as a free agent and GM Doug Wilson signed Antti Niemi from salary cap-strapped Chicago.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | November 1, 2005
Southwest Division San Antonio Spurs Last season -- 59-23 Coach -- Gregg Popovich, 10th season, 455-233. Spurs' formula -- The addition of Michael Finley bodes well for a team seeking its fourth title in eight seasons. Tim Duncan is arguably the best player in the league, and the supporting cast is terrific. Oh, did we mention that Nick Van Exel is in the mix as well? The buzz -- Everything is as good as it looks on paper. They will be favored to win it all again, and the egos are in check here so there is no concern about the team chemistry blowing up. Besides, you want this team to go deep in the playoffs just to check out Tony Parker's cutie pie, Eva Longoria.
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By Tim Brown and Tim Brown,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 2, 2004
LOS ANGELES - If it seems the Los Angeles Lakers just left the floor after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, it is only because some of them kept the strain of the past year to themselves. It is again May and these are again the Spurs, with a best-of-seven series beginning today in San Antonio. On the edges, the Lakers are fixed up and the Spurs are redone. But it is again the series of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
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